Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Two Bottles - Watercolor

One of the first things I wanted to do this morning was to finish this little watercolor. It's 7" x 5" and fits perfectly in a ready made mat, which in turn fits perfectly in a standard size 10" x 8" frame. How's that for not a lot of trouble?

I painted it as one of the backups for the miniature show my gallery is having this month.

Doubt it will make it to eBay other than perhaps my store. I you are interested in purchasing this painting, please contact me. I accept PayPal. The price unmatted and unframed is $35.00, plus $4.00 shipping. I ship only to the US and Canada.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Satin Pillow - watercolor

This is a little ACEO card that will be going up on eBay this evening.

I also wanted to tell everyone about my new and revised website. My hubby did this for me and I'm very proud of it.


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Windmill - watercolor


I have lately been working in watercolors in a new style. I have a couple on eBay now. It's been a lot of fun. There's about 5 day's left on the "Windmill" if you're interested in bidding. 3.5" x 2.5"

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Looking For Ice

This one of my latest pastels. 24" x 18" on sanded pastel paper. I hope these majestic creatures will be around for many generations.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Artistic Emotions

How can emotions play such an important part in the creative process? So much of an artist goes in to the creative product that the emotions, or mind set can influence the outcome of not only the finished piece, but actually in being able to create.

It’s wonderful to be “in the zone” and just dance thru a painting. What happens when you slip out of that “zone”? Do most artist struggle just to finish, or just put it away until they get back on top of that mountain? Do all artists want to be on top of the mountain, emotionally? What about more of the complex or darker works of art-are they created on the top of the emotional mountain or halfway down? Or, perhaps by choice come from the valleys?

I personally have found during the last few months that I have to be on top of the emotional mountain or I cannot create anything at all. If I become depressed or melancholy at all I may as well leave my studio to gather dust.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I've been tagged !!

ACEO 2.5" x 3.5"
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World Wide Artist's Tag

Nancy Merkle has tagged me! It's a blog game of tag amongst artists. These are the tagging rules:1. List 7 random facts/habits about yourself.2. Choose another 7 bloggers to tag and list their names in your blog. 3. Leave your 7 tagged bloggers comments to notify them of their tagging and to direct them to your blog for tag instructions. Here are the seven random facts about me:

1. I can stay up all night reading a good book.
2. I love to listen to the sound of thunder.
3. I am a very eclectic painter preferring to paint to fit my moods.
4. I get very impatient with laws created for the good of the few to irritate the patience of the many.
5. I love the deserts and mountains of the southwestern United States.
6. One day I hope to travel to Alaska.
7. I’m ashamed to say I get kind of crabby when having a bad day. Makes me want to just howl at the moon.

Here are the artist I’m going to tag. If you’ve been tagged before, then just consider it a compliment because I like your work and additional advertising.
These four are all I can come up with now-most of you have been tagged already. I'll try to add more.

Linda Kukuk
Liana Turnbull Bennett
Tamara Dozier
Mary Hillier (sunladyART)

Monday, April 9, 2007

Pen and Ink

"A Picnic" SOLD
3.5" X 2.5"

It's been a while since I've posted due to a personal crisis (Mom's been in hospital), but I hope to get back to a routine soon.

One thing I have found while sitting in a hospital room is how relaxing it is to do these little ACEO cards. They are small and easy to pack up and I have personally gotten hooked on pen and ink. The little squirrel above is my personal favorite so far and even tho he has already sold I still wanted to show him off.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Scratch Art

ACEO 2.5 x 3.5
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I love doing these little scratch art ACEOs. Normally I'm not much of a detail person - I usually have to take a Valium just to sew a button back on, but for some reason these little things relax me. My husband likes this.
I've taken the big step and opened an eBay store. Haven't got it completely "stocked" yet since it can be rather time consuming. Actually, my husband Jim is doing all the work so I don't want to get to pushy or he may just up and say 'do it yourself'. Take a look at it and give us some feedback. It will probably be a continuous work in progress, but I hope it will at least pay for itself. I have yet to get some original painting posted, but perhaps this week will see that part done.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Watercolor painting of cherries

"Two Sweet" 2.5" x 3.5" SOLD
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Soon the cherry trees will be blooming - ah, spring is getting close.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

ACEO cat in watercolor

"Sophia" 3.5" x 2.5"
A Kansas cold. Or maybe a Texas panhandle cold. Whatever it is, it blew in last Saturday with all the wind and dust storm we had and I've had the sniffles ever since. Thought I would make it thru the winter without so much as an ach-chooo, but alas not so. Stuck in my studio with nothing to do but paint, heh, heh......

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oil Landscape

8" x 10"
Before the Cold
A new painting I just put up on eBay. This is a place my daughter and I ran across a few years ago while I visited her in Michigan. I hope I get to see her again this summer. I miss her a lot.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Iris - Acrylic on board

Iris Acrylic 10" x 8"
I put this piece on my new Etsy store a few days ago. Take a look and see what you think. It's still kind of a work in progress, but I like the ease of setting up a "shop". Everything there is all hand made and they keep a pretty close eye out to make sure that is the case. None of this made by the thousands imported stuff like some other places we all know about.
Took my Mom's teeth to the dentist the other day....well her partial. It needed a little repair. I had to wait. I hate to wait. When I wait I look thru magazines at recipes. I normally am a pretty polite person and leave the magazines intact. However, at some point I have to weigh how long I've been there against how good the recipe've all done need to act so innocent.
Yay! New pomegranite recipes for next year!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Linda Hiller at Etsy

2.5" x 3.5"
Apple and Grapes SOLD
The above painting was done on Colorfix Sanded pastel paper. However, this is oil. It's the first time I've tried oil on sanded pastel paper and I really like it. It seems to give it a nice texture and for these little cards almost appears to be canvas. It pulls the paint off your brush nicely and is heavy enough not to need any backing. It's acid free, too. My only concern will be how fast it will eat my brushes up.
I'm branching out. Decided to try a few things on Etsy. So far I'm pleased with how easy it has been to set up a store there and list some of my art to sell. And, it appears to get a pretty good amount of traffic. It still need some work, but I'm on my way. If you lovely people out there would like to take a look, my store addy is Go take a look and give me some ideas about what else I need to do.
Well, I'm off to breakfast.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Cat Claybord Scratch Art

5" x 7" Claybord etching
Frame included
Okay, now here's where I need your help. My DH has decided this would be a good experiment to see the response of a low start, no reserve on eBay. He's talked me in to putting this up for $0.99 yes, that's right 99 cents. Ninety-nine litttle pennies. Help me out here, please. I'm thinking about opening a store on eBay, and this is supposed to be some kind of test. They say stress can cause memory problems. I'm getting stressed over this and for the life of me I can't remember what this experiment was supposed to prove. Help me puuuleeeze.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Oil Painting

"Fall River"
8" x 10"
I think I will start doing a little more oil painting. This painting was done using a pallet knife on panel. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it - besides I love the smell. I guess I'm just an oil paint junkie.
Our Studio Group meets tomorrow and I'll be slathering more oil around. Perhaps I'll get enough of an inventory to open an eBay store. Been thinking about it. Each time I think about it, they seem to raise their prices on something. Now that makes me feel real comforted. However, I should only look at a store as an additional form of advertising so all in all it would be pretty inexpensive.
I think in order to become a successful artist a person needs to spend about 80% of the time promoting and 20% of the time painting. Of course networking is the name of the game in today's world. Promoting seems to be the hardest part for a lot of artist. Somehow it seems to me that a lot of artist's personalities do not always have that outgoing business personality. What do you think? Should I get a manager? I could always draft my husband, but he'd want to always do it his way. Decisions, decisions.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Paint, paint, paint....

First thing this morning I decided I had better get it in gear and get some painting done. Show time will be here before I know it, and I'll have nothing to show for it but a few left overs. ACEOs that is. These things are way too addictive. I must be firm. I must be strong. I must get to work on other things. However, this is what I finished yesterday and put up on eBay last night.

3.5" x 2.5" SOLD

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Pastel painting of two cats

A Bird?
30" x 24"
pastel on suede board
This will be one of my paintings that I'll be taking with me to some of the art shows I'll be going to this season. Most people that see this that have cats can really identify with this painting. There always seem to be some mysterious communication between cats have that attract most of us. This painting is beautifully framed and museum glass has been used to eliminate most of the glare.
I do have several sized of prints for sell that have been very popular.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


ACEO 2.5" x 3.5" SOLD
I'm really proud of this little girl. She lasted only 12 minutes before getting her first bid.
My husband is starting to pace the floor wondering when I'm going to start building up my inventory for my shows starting this spring. He thinks this fun stuff is taking away time from my more important (in his opinion) art which is large pastels and oils. He might be right. Maybe I'll work for a couple of hours on some of my larger works and then do a couple of these. Perhaps that will appease the art gods.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What A Stinker

2.5" x 3.5"
This is another little ACEO card I put up on eBay last night. I am having so much fun with these little cards and the scratch art in particular. I also do larger ones, but you know how eBay is, some things just sell better than others. Anyone interested in viewing some of my larger works, please let me know.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Another new one....

I'm really trying to get a handle on all this geek stuff can't wait until I'm finally a full fledged computer geek. Of course geek may no longer be the word to use. I may still be out of date.

Anyway, I just signed up with Technorati. I'm hoping it will help to create a little more traffic. If anyone out there has any ideas, let me know. I've also been looking at Blog Explosion. I'm not real sure about that. Loud noises startle me.

Cabin fever

Lily 2.5" x 3.5"

Now I know what it's like to have a true case of cabin fever. I think most of Oklahoma has been declared a Federal Disaster because of our ice storm. So far it's only been psychological, however, I don't have to go out the doggie door to do my business. My poor little dogs. The yellow perimeter in the ice is growing at an alarming rate. Pretty much at the rate the walls of my house are closing in.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Instead of painting (shame on me), I've been playing with a new widget. It's still in BETA and I'm not sure how much it will work for me, but it's fun. You can see the first page (which is the only one I've done so far) waaaay down at the bottom of my blog. I may need to work on that. It's called Leaflett. So far it's free.

Time to go down and check for a sufficient number of spots of yellow snow outside the back door. I have Italian Greyhounds, they don't have much hair and really hate the cold.


My first thought this morning when I woke up was "yippee winter storm and I can't get out of the house even if I wanted to". I can really have a ball playing with all my art stuff without feeling guilty about not going to the grocery or any of that other every day stuff.

I've been doing a little experimenting with claybord scratch art and pastels. The black is working somewhat, but I'm still hitting a brick wall with the white smooth. I took this photo of a lady dressed up in a clown costume at an art fair a couple of years ago and this seemed like a good colorful subject. It's 10" x 8" on Ampersand Claybord Black with pastel. I still have a little tweaking to do, but it's almost ready to go. If you know of anyone interested in "Clown" contact me at for further information.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

The New Year

The Rio 16" x 20" pastel

I have great confidence in this new year although I seem to have started posting a little late. As I lay in bed this morning thinking about what I could do to make this year better yet I decided not to procrastinate so much. Yeah, I bet you've heard that before.

Another thing I'm going to do is brag a little about myself. If I don't who will? My husband does, but who believes him anyway.